Tithes & Offerings, both a
contribution to the funds of a church or ministry, given to or through the
church or ministry.
Let us look at Tithing.
pay or give a tenth part of especially for the support of the church
There is no way that I can or will make people pay ten
percent of their wages to the church if they do not wish. I do not have that
authority. The people who pay ten percent, or a tithe, of their income do so
because they want to.
Why do people tithe to the church? The reasons
In this study, I discovered at least ten
reasons why people give ten percent of their income to the church. And a deeper
study of these reasons will help us to understand the great blessing of tithing
and the biblical responsibility to tithe.
Honor the Creator. Matthew
17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to
Caesar or not?"
18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. "You hypocrites!" he
said. "Why are you trying to trap me?
19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax." When they handed him
a Roman coin,
20 he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?"
21 Caesar's," they
replied. "Well, then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to
Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God."
Greed is one of the basic drives of
mankind. Children grasp their toys and cry, "Mine!"
Someone noted three attitudes in the
parable of the good Samaritan.
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his
raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came
down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other
32 And likewise a Levite, when
he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came
where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and
bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and
brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he
departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said
unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come
again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three,
thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed
mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
priest and the Levite had the attitude, "What's mine is mine and I'm going
to keep it!"
thieves had the attitude "What's yours is mine, and I'm going to get
Samaritan had the attitude, 'What's mine is yours, and you can have it."
There is another attitude that should be a part
our thinking, even above the commendable attitude of the Samaritan.
And it is
this, that everything we have belongs to God, and we are stewards of His goods.
God owns the
entire world and its substance. "The earth is the LORD"S, and the
fulness thereof" (Psalm
all souls are mine" (Ezekiel
silver is mine, and the gold is mine" (Haggai 2:8).
It is God who
gives people the power to obtain wealth (Psalm 75:6-7; Ecclesiastes 5:19).
We are not to
glory in what God has given us, but to glory in Him (Jeremiah
Why should we
be grudge God ten percent when everything actually belongs to Him?
it were not for Him, there would be no land, no seed, no strength, no income,
and no life.
generous He is to tell us, Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe
of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of
the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.
Acknowledge My Heritage.
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs
according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).
Abraham was the first tithe payer of record (Genesis 14:20).
14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath
delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a
pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely
give the tenth unto thee.
Scripture says that Levi, Abraham's descendant and the father of the
tribe from which the priesthood came, paid tithes in Abraham (Hebrews 7:9).
7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth
tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
My heritage of paying a tithe precedes the law of Moses. As a child
of Abraham and an heir of the promise of Abraham. I acknowledge my family
relationship by paying tithes.
Jesus said to the Jews, "If ye were Abraham's children, ye
would do the works of Abraham" (John 8:39).
It would be strange to claim to be a child of Abraham and yet to
neglect one of Abraham's most fundamental and noteworthy acts. I pay my tithes
as a spiritual descendant of Abraham, the father of the faithful.
Fulfill the Covenant.
"For if that which is done away was
glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious"(II Corinthians 3:11).
In every comparison of the law of Moses
and the new covenant that came by Jesus Christ, the new covenant stands
supreme. The characteristic word in the Book of Hebrews is better, and everything
is better about the new covenant. If the law demanded tithes, then how much
more should we who are under the "perfect law of liberty" give our
the person who continues to study God's perfect teachings that make people free
and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don't
merely listen and forget; they actually do what God's teachings say.
the law is written in the fleshly tables of our hearts and we follow God's
commands not from outward rules but because of our new nature, then how quickly
and how easily we should give the tenth that belongs to the Lord"
clear that you are Christ's letter, written as a result of our ministry. You
are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a
letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
gives us confidence about you in God's presence.
ourselves we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can do anything.
Rather, God makes us qualified.
6 He has
also qualified us to be ministers of a new promise, a spiritual promise, not a
written one. Clearly, what was written brings death, but the Spirit brings
Some people say, "Oh, we do not pay
tithes, because tithing was under the law." If that is a sufficient reason
for not paying tithes, then we could also mistreat our parents, for the law
said, Honour thy father and thy mother" (Exodus 20:12).
20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days
may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
In actuality, we honor our father and
mother and we give our tithes because the principles of the law are written in
our hearts by the Spirit of God. We give willingly and liberally because the
Spirit motivates us to give what God has said is His.
To Show My Love.
waters cannot quench love" (Song of Solomon 8:7).
Love is the
strongest motivation in the world. I have seen bumper stickers that say,
"If you love Jesus, honk you horn!" Anyone can honk his horn. But
David said, "Neither will I offer…unto the LORD my God of that which doth
cost me nothing" (II
Someone should print a sticker that says, "If you love Jesus, pay your
For someone who genuinely loves the Lord,
the tithe is only the beginning of his giving. He gives not only his tithe, but
also offerings (plural), not grudgingly and not of necessity, but cheerfully
To Fulfill an Obligation.
horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give
God one-tenth of your mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected justice,
mercy, and faithfulness. These are the most important things in Moses'
Teachings. You should have done these things without neglecting the others.
Jesus did not criticize the Pharisees for
paying tithes. He commended them. He said it was something they
"ought" to have done. The word ought expresses an obligation or duty.
It is one of the strongest words in the English language. To pay tithes is
something every Christian ought to do.
The word ought has three meanings: (a)
obligation or duty; (b) desirability; (c) expectancy or probability. Each one of these meanings puts an obligation
upon the Christian. It is desirable for him to pay his tithes, he is expected
to pay his tithes, and he has a duty to pay his tithes.
To Escape Condemnation.
Malachi 3:8 Will a man
rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In
tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even
this whole nation.
10Bring ye all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine
cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye
shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
How sad it is that people who are honest
in business and who pay their debts to the bank, the store, and the government
will not pay God what belongs to Him! Sometimes people quibble about whether
they are "paying" or "giving" tithes, but both terms seem
appropriate. The tithe is the Lord's and He expects us to pay it to Him; at the
same time, He does not receive it until we give it to Him. He does not give us
the authority to use His tithes for other purposes, but we have the power to
spend it as long as it is in our hands. Nevertheless, a person is condemned if
he spends God's money.
To Spread the Gospel.
Corinthians 9:14)In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who spread the Good
News should earn their living from the Good News.
Corinthians 1:21)For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they
have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not
heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Tithing is God's way of supporting the
ministry. In the Old Testament, the Levites and the priest were God's minister
to the nation of Israel, and they were supported by tithes. In the New
Testament, God has called people to minister the gospel. These ministers can be
more effective if they do not have to provide for their livelihood by working
on a secular job but can devote themselves full time to the work of God. They
need time to give themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
is not wrong for a man to labor with his hands, nor should a minister feel too
good to engage in
honest labor. Yet God's plan is for those who preach the gospel to live of the
9 Moses' Teachings say, "Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing
grain." God's concern isn't for oxen.
he speaking entirely for our benefit? This was written for our benefit so that
the person who plows or threshes should expect to receive a share of the crop.
11 If we
have planted the spiritual seed that has been of benefit to you, is it too much
if we receive part of the harvest from your earthly goods?
others have the right to expect this from you, don't we deserve even more? But
we haven't used our rights. Instead, we would put up with anything in order not
to hinder the Good News of Christ in any way.
you realize that those who work at the temple get their food from the temple?
Don't those who help at the altar get a share of what is on the altar?
14 In the
same way, the Lord has commanded that those who spread the Good News should
earn their living from the Good News.
The application of this principle is that
the minister of the gospel should earn his living from his ministry.
Some ministers have endured financial
hardships and deprivation in order to proclaim the gospel in needy areas. If
the tithing income insures that the minister can live in a good house, drive a
good car, and buy sufficient clothes for his family, why should I begrudge
providing these things to a man who would preach the gospel even if he had to
work on a secular job to do it? It is a disgrace to a church if the pastor has
to take a secular job to supply his family's needs when there should be
sufficient tithing income available to allow him to do God's work on a
full-time basis. My tithing can help to spread the gospel.
To Avoid a Curse.
cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me" (Malachi 3:9).
said, "You can't outgive God, and you can't outsqueeze Him either."
put their money into "a bag with holes" (Haggai 1:6). They do not give God
His tithe, bit they eventually spend the money for automobile repairs, medical
bills, and a thousand other things that they might have avoided if they had
been faithful to God in their giving.
God said that
the whole nation of Israel was cursed because they had not given God His due.
God asked Israel to dedicate the gold of Jericho to Him, but Achan took a wedge
of gold and hid it in a tent. It became a curse to him and his whole family.
I do not want
God to curse my blessings. I want to give Him His tithe.
To Enjoy God's Blessing.
all the tithes into the storehouse… and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD
of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it " (Malachi 3:10).
Luke 6:38 Give, and it
shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye
mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
God blesses the people who pay tithes.
They do not always have the most money or the best clothes, but they are
However, I am wary of those who promise,
"If you give God a dollar, He will give you back four." The
expectation of a return should not be our motivation for giving. And His
richest blessings are not necessarily monetary.
But I do want God to notice me and remember
me. He noticed that the widow put money into the treasury at the Temple. He
noticed what Cornelius was giving. He noticed what Israel was not giving. He
knows what we give and He notices when we give.
God has asked us to prove Him and see if
He will not give us His blessings. I have trusted Him, tested Him, and tried
Him, and I have concluded that it is better to give God what belongs to Him.
To Be Consistent.
an example of the believers" (I Timothy 4:12).
At this time of my ministry. I do not
plan to live on tithing income. It is all going into developing this ministry
Another thing I would like to express,
How can I receive tithes and not pay tithes? I can not do so and be consistent.
The Levites, who received tithes, also paid tithes on what they received
(Nehemiah 10:38). Preachers who receive tithes should be most faithful to pay
them. I will pay my tithes.
Paying tithes will not save a
person-everyone must be born again to be saved. But paying tithes will reap a
blessing. Genuine Christian not only pay tithes, but they willingly pay tithes.
So let us keep
all this in mind and do as God commands us to do! Amen!
the end of the matter is, Fear God, and do exactly what He tells you to do.
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